Friday's book market on nearby Spui Square lends a literary ambience to these 10 connected, stylishly decorated 17th- and 18th-century houses, where Howard Norman set part of his novel The Museum Guard and many well-known writers are regulars. Two lounges, functioning as a breakfast room and a library, are elegantly decorated with Oriental rugs, chandeliers, clocks, paintings, and antiques. The canalside rooms are spacious, with large floor-to-ceiling windows, while
those at the rear are quieter but smaller and darker; attic rooms have beamed ceilings. Service is attentive and friendly.